Generating a Regional STEM Talent Pipeline
“To prepare and encourage Central Virginia students in K-12 and beyond to seek careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and to provide a pipeline for a technically and scientifically proficient workforce.”
"To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science."
Our Foundation Officers
The Future Focus Foundation was established as a non-profit corporation with the Commonwealth of Virginia on August 4, 2009. The founders gathered business leaders and educators across Central Virginia’s Region 2000 “To prepare and encourage Central Virginia students in K-12 and beyond to seek careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and to provide a pipeline for a technically and scientifically proficient workforce.” As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, grants and projects are funded by regional, state, and national partners. Current officers have extensive work and passion for STEM fields.
Cheryl Lindeman, the president, served as Partnership Coordinator & Instructor at Central Virginia Governor’s School, teacher educator at Randolph College, and is currently a STEM consultant with Smithsonian Science in the classroom.
Cheryl Giggetts, Principal Consultant at CTA Consultants LLC, is very involved with Innovate Lynchburg and STEM business connections.
Lani Patrick, Instructional Specialist for Science K-12 with Campbell County Public Schools is a leader in Virginia science education and our region.
Susan Cash serves as Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy and is connected with the state-of-the-art technologies associated with CVCC’s STEM laboratories.
Our Foundation Directors
In October 2022 we welcomed three new board members who bring a wealth of experience, dedication, and interest in STEM education.
Susan Saxon represents AMTI Advanced Manufacturing “committed to empowering our community through education.”
Allison Kappler is currently the Supervisor of Science and Computer Science with Bedford County Public Schools. She is also a facilitator and curriculum writer with CodeVA.
Gage McAngus served as a public school teacher and administrator for 13 years and brings valuable education experience to his role as Programs Director at Camp Kum-Ba-Yah in Lynchburg, VA.
Hannah Tillotson is the STEM Center Director at Jubilee Family Development Center. She has been involved with 4-H as a camper and educator and serves as a Conservation Educator for the local Soil and Water Conservation District.